The new Brampton Civic Hospital will open its doors on October 28, with an integrated information and communications system at the core of the new facility. Hospital officials are emphasizing improvements to patient safety and service delivery as the rationale behind this massive technology upgrade.
Integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) enables health professionals to better track the development of potential disease outbreaks. Among other things, iPHIS provides a central database from where Ontario health organizations can enter, access and manage information on communicable diseases.
The European Union (E.U.) is on track to begin including biometric identifiers in the passports issued by its member nations. The biometric data is also expected to include, by 2008, fingerprints, though E.U. officials are debating whether the fingerprint data should be made obligatory.
Sometimes the things you don't know can hurt you. "If you'd asked me a few years ago, I probably would have said we're doing all right," says John Smith, IT director for the southern region of Entergy Nuclear, a subsidiary of Entergy Corp. He discovered instead that some of his fellow senior executives did not agree. "The COO and I had some tense discussions about this," he says.
Canadian construction giant, EllisDon Corporation, was awarded top honors at the recent Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA) for its EdgeBuilder Construction Management Solution, while the company's VP & CIO, Bruce Fleming, was recognized as CIO of the year, winning the CIO Canada Award.